In response to the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry last night along the border of Rio Rico, Arizona, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) released the following statement:

Our Border Patrol agents are under constant daily attack, and it's from people that are coming into the United States illegally. This tragedy is a grave reminder of the dangers those who guard the border encounter on a daily basis. That is why it is imperative that we secure the violent border. We need more National Guards to help our Border Patrol, said Poe. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Border Patrol Agent, Brian A. Terry."

Agent Brian A. Terry was shot and killed along the Arizona-Mexico border last night. His fatal shooting marks the third death this year of Border Patrol agents in the line of duty. Over 108 Border Patrol agents in a 2-month period have been assaulted in the Tucson area, and over one-thousand were assaulted last year alone on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Rep. Ted Poe has introduced legislation that would require at the request of border governors to deploy 10,000 National Guard troops at the U.S-Mexico border. Congressman Poe serves on the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Border Security; Executive Member of the Immigration Reform Caucus; and recognized nationally as a leading advocate for border security. Prior to serving in Congress, Poe was a prosecutor and judge in Houston, Texas for 30 years.

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